HOW DO I OBTAIN A CCW PERMIT
What to bring:
Training certificate from Approved Instructor
- Approved instructors for Lawrence County are listed on the website. Instructors who are approved to train statewide are registered with the Missouri Sheriff’s Association.
A valid photo ID, with current address information.
Fee of $100.00, cash, correct amount only, or check.
- $50.00 for those who are currently serving or have served in the military. Proof of service is required (Military ID, DD-214, etc.).
Where to go:
The Sheriff’s Office is located on the lower level of the Justice Center, 240 N. Main St, Suite 10, Mt. Vernon, MO.
Is an appointment necessary?
No, applicants may come at any time, Monday through Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. The office will be closed from 12 to 1 pm. We will be closed on holidays as well.
How long does the process take after applicant is fingerprinted?
Usually, seven to ten business days the applicant will receive a call if approved, or written notice if the application has been denied from the Sheriff’s Office.
When your application has been approved, you will be issued a Carry Conceal Permit at the Sheriff’s Office. Each applicant must return to sign their application and receive their permit.
Notices of renewal will be sent by mail, every five years.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the Sheriff’s Office if you move. If you move from Lawrence County, you must notify both the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office in the county in which you are moving.
An application for a CCW permit is linked below at the bottom of the page. It is a fillable form that can be filled out on the computer and printed to bring to the Sheriff's Office to speed up the process. DO NOT sign the form until you arrive at the Sheriff's Office. It must be signed in front of a Sheriff's Office employee.
Also linked below is a list of currently approved CCW instructors for Lawrence County.
Conceal Carry Instructor Requirements
- Photo copy of driver’s license.
- Photo copy of Firearms Instructor Certification
- Copy of lesson plan. (printed or CD) Which covers RSMo. 571.111
- Current address and phone number.
Once your paperwork has been submitted to the Sheriff’s Office it will be reviewed and approved or disapproved. If you are approved you will receive a letter from the Sheriff’s Office advising of such, and if disapproved you will be contacted by reviewing person, stating why and what is needed.
Firearms training requirements--safety instructor requirements--penalty for violations.
571.111. 1. An applicant for a concealed carry endorsement shall demonstrate knowledge of firearms safety training. This requirement shall be fully satisfied if the applicant for a concealed carry endorsement:
(1) Submits a photocopy of a certificate of firearms safety training course completion, as defined in subsection 2 of this section, signed by a qualified firearms safety instructor as defined in subsection 5 of this section; or
(2) Submits a photocopy of a certificate that shows the applicant completed a firearms safety course given by or under the supervision of any state, county, municipal, or federal law enforcement agency; or
(3) Is a qualified firearms safety instructor as defined in subsection 5 of this section; or
(4) Submits proof that the applicant currently holds any type of valid peace officer license issued under the requirements of chapter 590, RSMo; or
(5) Submits proof that the applicant is currently allowed to carry firearms in accordance with the certification requirements of section 217.710, RSMo; or
(6) Submits proof that the applicant is currently certified as any class of corrections officer by the Missouri department of corrections and has passed at least one eight-hour firearms training course, approved by the director of the Missouri department of corrections under the authority granted to him or her by section 217.105, RSMo, that includes instruction on the justifiable use of force as prescribed in chapter 563, RSMo.
2. A certificate of firearms safety training course completion may be issued to any applicant by any qualified firearms safety instructor. On the certificate of course completion the qualified firearms safety instructor shall affirm that the individual receiving instruction has taken and passed a firearms safety course of at least eight hours in length taught by the instructor that included:
(1) Handgun safety in the classroom, at home, on the firing range and while carrying the firearm;
(2) A physical demonstration performed by the applicant that demonstrated his or her ability to safely load and unload a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol and demonstrated his or her marksmanship with either;
(3) The basic principles of marksmanship;
(4) Care and cleaning of concealable firearms;
(5) Safe storage of firearms at home;
(6) The requirements of this state for obtaining a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement from the sheriff of the individual's county of residence and a concealed carry endorsement issued by the department of revenue;
(7) The laws relating to firearms as prescribed in this chapter;
(8) The laws relating to the justifiable use of force as prescribed in chapter 563, RSMo;
(9) A live firing exercise of sufficient duration for each applicant to fire a handgun, from a standing position or its equivalent, a minimum of fifty rounds at a distance of seven yards from a B-27 silhouette target or an equivalent target;
(10) A live fire test administered to the applicant while the instructor was present of twenty rounds from a standing position or its equivalent at a distance from a B-27 silhouette target, or an equivalent target, of seven yards.
3. A qualified firearms safety instructor shall not give a grade of passing to an applicant for a concealed carry endorsement who:
(1) Does not follow the orders of the qualified firearms instructor or cognizant range officer; or
(2) Handles a firearm in a manner that, in the judgment of the qualified firearm safety instructor, poses a danger to the applicant or to others; or
(3) During the live fire testing portion of the course fails to hit the silhouette portion of the targets with at least fifteen rounds.
4. Qualified firearms safety instructors who provide firearms safety instruction to any person who applies for a concealed carry endorsement shall:
(1) Make the applicant's course records available upon request to the sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides;
(2) Maintain all course records on students for a period of no less than four years from course completion date; and
(3) Not have more than forty students in the classroom portion of the course or more than five students per range officer engaged in range firing.
5. A firearms safety instructor shall be considered to be a qualified firearms safety instructor by any sheriff issuing a certificate of qualification for a concealed carry endorsement pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121 if the instructor:
(1) Is a valid firearms safety instructor certified by the National Rifle Association holding a rating as a personal protection instructor or pistol marksmanship instructor; or
(2) Submits a photocopy of a certificate from a firearms safety instructor's course offered by a local, state, or federal governmental agency; or
(3) Submits a photocopy of a certificate from a firearms safety instructor course approved by the department of public safety; or
(4) Has successfully completed a firearms safety instructor course given by or under the supervision of any state, county, municipal, or federal law enforcement agency; or
(5) Is a certified police officer firearms safety instructor.
6. Any firearms safety instructor who knowingly provides any sheriff with false information concerning an applicant's performance on the live fire exercise or test administered to the applicant by the instructor pursuant to subdivision (9) or (10) of subsection 2 of this section shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.